S. Amon Hen loc. “Hill of Sight, (lit.) Hill of the Eye”
A hill on the shore of Nen Hithoel, companion to Amon Lhaw. This name was usually translated “Hill of Sight” (LotR/393), but more literally meant “Hill of the Eye” (LotR/400, PE17/77). It is a combination of amon “hill” and hen “eye”.
Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts, this hill was first named ᴹQ. Tirmindon “*Watch Tower” (TI/364), but was soon changed to N. Amon Hen(n) (TI/364, WR/128).
References ✧ LotR/393, 400; LotRI/Amon Hen, Hill of the Eye; PE17/77
|amon||“hill, mountain with steep sides; lump, clump, mass”|
|hen(d)||“eye”||✧ PE17/77 (Hen)|
N. Amon Hen loc.
References ✧ TI/364; TII/Amon Hen; WR/128; WRI/Amon Hen
ᴹQ. Tirmindon loc.
An earlier name for Amon Hen appearing in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s (TI/364), apparently a combination of some form of the root ᴹ√TIR having to do with watching and mindon “tower”, as suggested by Roman Rausch (EE/2.61).
References ✧ TI/364; TII/Amon Hen